Inle Lake is a photographer’s paradise. A large body of freshwater situated at an altitude of 880 meters in Shan State in the north east of Myanmar. It is an extremely picturesque area with villages dotted all around the lake’s shoreline and even build on stilts in the lake. The local fishermen have a peculiar standing rowing technique and floating vegetable gardens guarantee an abundance of fresh produce for sale at daily markets that attract colourful tribes people from the surrounding hills.

I spent a lot of time on and around the lake photographing a chapter of my book, Burmese Light – Impressions of the Golden Land. With text by acclaimed author Tom Vater, Burmese Light captures the country as it emerges from decades in the shadow. Go to the books section of the website for more information.

I’m planning a photo tour to Myanmar that will include Inle Lake in October 2018, to coincide with the famous yearly Paung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, when hundreds of leg rowers pull a beautifully decorated barge with 4 golden Buddha statues all around the lake. This is a unique time to be visiting Myanmar. if you’re interested sign up for my newsletter or send me a message using the contact form.

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Inle Lake. Early morning fishing on the lake - Photography by Hans Kemp

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